Schools and departments around the College celebrate 2018 graduates

Monday, June 04, 2018
Two 2018 graduates embrace

Many of the College's schools, departments and programs held ceremonies to recognize their new graduates in addition to participating in the festivities at SF State’s May 24 Commencement. Below see highlights of events from around the College.

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Department of Child & Adolescent Development

CAD recognition ceremony

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development recognized 159 graduates (from Summer ’17, Fall ’17, Spring ’18 and Summer ’18) at a ceremony on May 19 in Annex 1. In addition, the department presented the following awards: Jace Marzan received the Marjorie Seashore Achievement & Service Award; Regina Myers received the Shannon Perry Achievement Award; Kristen Stahmer received the Lynn Steinman Award in Early Care and Education; and Lucia Alvarez was the Child and Adolescent Development Department Honoree. Ana Gonzales and Shawne Eagleton were the student speakers.

Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) Program

PATH recognition ceremony 2018

The PATH Program (jointly housed within the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and the Department of Child & Adolescent Development) held a banquet in honor of this year's class. Among the students recognized were Magaly Vega Ayala, honored for Persistence & Perseverance; Azul Muller and Lauren Ngoi, honored as Reflective Practitioners; and Brijhe Pointer, recognized as an Emerging Leader. In addition, Jocelyn Chan, Azul Muller and Alexandra Owens were recognized as Shereen Paff Scholarship awardees. The program had a 94 percent graduation rate.

Department of Counseling

Counseling ceremony 2018

The Department of Counseling recognized 37 graduate students receiving their Master of Science in Counseling at a recognition ceremony on May 27 at the Annex. Two students, James Valle and Alejandra Tovar, were named Peggy H Smith Distinguished Graduates by the faculty. The keynote speaker was Kristin Dempsey (M.S., ‘94), a lecturer in the department for many years and an alumna of the department.

Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department

The Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department held two celebration ceremonies on May 2 in the Annex. One ceremony was for Apparel Design & Merchandising and Interior Design; a second ceremony was for Family & Consumer Sciences and Dietetics & Food Management, with more than 200 students celebrated in total. Both ceremonies were filled with cheering and supportive friends and families. Department Chair Connie Ulasewicz welcomed the audience and recognized all faculty in attendance. Distinguished graduates, chosen by the faculty, spoke for each program. The students who addressed the ceremonies were Max Schroder (B.S., Dietetics), Savannah Okey (B.A., Family & Consumer Sciences, and department undergrad representative), Kinsey Thomas (B.S., Apparel Design & Merchandising), Lauren Horstkamp (B.S., Interior Design) and Adi Fish (M.A., Family & Consumer Sciences, and department M.A. representative). The Krohn Scholarship was presented to Maedbh Lillis and the Helen Mau scholarship to Mical Woldemichael.

Department of Health Education

Health Education recognition ceremony

The Department of Health Education held a ceremony for its graduates on May 25 at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater. The ceremony recognized 124 students receiving their B.S. and 12 receiving their MPH.

Among the MPH students, Adrienne Hall and Maria Acosta were recognized with the College of Health & Social Sciences Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement, and Maureen Rees was honored as the John Blake West Scholar 2017-2018. In addition, the following B.S. and Holistic Health Student Awards were recognized: Meme Cho Than was the Undergraduate Department Honoree, Jose Gabriel Francisco received the Department Service Award, Aileen Andrade received the Zoe Cardoza Clayson Award for Global Health & Social Justice, Lauren A. Mason received the George S. Araki Award for Academic Achievement and Amber Julia Yang received the Institute for Holistic Health Studies University & Community Service Award.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Monica R McLemore, assistant professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department and a clinician scientist at Advancing New Standards in Reproduction Health — a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF.

Department of Kinesiology

kinesiology recognition ceremony 2018

The Department of Kinesiology celebrated the graduation of 226 students at the Nourse Theater on May 23. Assistant Professor Kent Lorenz served as master of ceremonies and Assistant Professor Nicole Bolter was the keynote speaker. Awards were presented to Innah Claire Sicat Malig (Undergraduate Scholar Award in Kinesiology) and Steven Machek (Graduate Scholar Award in Kinesiology). Machek was also a student speaker with Jacqualynn Espinoza, president of the Kinesiology Student Association. The ceremony closed with a musical performance by Professor Marilyn Mitchell.

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The School of Nursing held its Spring 2018 Pinning and Hooding Ceremony on May 21 in the McKenna Theatre. The ceremony opened with remarks by Mary Ann van Dam, director of the School of Nursing. Assistant Professor Elaine Musselman was the MSN keynote speaker, and Ashley Brown, Reyzel Altre and Clara Davis were the MSN class speakers. Lecturer Larry Vitale was the BSN keynote speaker, and Stephanie Payne and Arnold Valentino were BSN class speakers. Pictured above left: Larry Vitale presents the Phillip Derf Service Award to Loan Huynh (SF State/Sequoia BSN) and Stephy Liang (SF State BSN). Above right: Larry Vitale presents the Volunteer Service to Jasmine Chen (SF State BSN).

Department of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy recognition ceremony 2018

The UCSF/SF State Graduate Program in Physical Therapy celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018 on June 6. The DPT degree was conferred on 48 students in a UCSF Graduate Division ceremony held at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. The SF State Physical Therapy faculty participated along with their UCSF PT faculty colleagues.

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE)

PACE recognition ceremony 2018

PACE held its graduation on May 28 at Patio Español Restaurant in San Francisco. In attendance were 360 family and supporters and 85 students from the Criminal Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies & Planning and Public Administration programs. Many were recognized with special awards: Raymon Cancino (MPA, ‘08) received the PACE Alumnus of the Year Award; the Arab Resource and Organizing Center received the PACE Public Service Award, and Liz Kroboth and Jade Rivera received the PACE Civic Engagement Award. Rachel Beccera, Nicholas Fish, Helen Hunt, Kayte M. Reagan and Samantha Yee were recognized as PACE Distinguished Students. Sarah Calderon, Monica DiLullo, Miriam Palma, Perry Rhodes, III and Auxiliadora V. Trejos-Machado each received Barbara Jordan Awards.

Gerontology Program

Gerontology faculty and students at celebration dinnerOn May 14, Assistant Professor Emiko Takagi and Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar joined SF State’s graduating gerontology students at a celebratory dinner at SF Kebab (owned by a gerontology student and located near AT&T Park.) A great time was enjoyed by all, over delicious food and wonderful camaraderie.





Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Recreation Parks & Tourism ceremony 2018

The department held its ceremony on May 22, recognizing 48 graduating students. More than 600 guests attended the event. Lecturer Lucas Metcalf-Tobin, winner of the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning, was the featured speaker. The Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Joshua Hodges; Cristina Navarro was recognized as Undergraduate Honoree; and Ben Kumli received the Outstanding Faculty Award. The department awarded the following scholarships: Nicolette Pringle received the Carol Severin Scholarship; Junaj Perez received the Events, Travel & Tourism Scholarship; and Sandy Jiang received the Ryan Jones Memorial Scholarship and the NOLS Scholarship. Sixty-eight percent of the graduates received job offers at the completion of their culminating internships.

Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies

Sexuality Studies

Sexuality Studies recognition ceremony 2018

The Sexuality Studies Graduate Program hosted its annual Capstone Ceremony in the Faculty Commons on May 23. Faculty, family and friends gathered to hear Marina Coop, Siri Nybakk, Jennifer Ramsey, Maggie Scott, Jake Tokheim and Brett Trace present their master's thesis projects in two panels, titled “Experiences of Place and Pleasure in a Changing World” and “Exploring New and Shifting Identities in Popular and Material Culture,” followed by a toast and reception to celebrate the 2018 graduates. The program’s eight graduates also included Erik Boyd and Mason Lilly.


sociology recognition ceremony 2018

The department hosted the 2018 Sociology Recognition Ceremony to congratulate and recognize all graduating sociology students, the first such ceremony hosted by the department since 2013. Sociology faculty and a student committee composed of graduating students organized the event, held May 25 at the Women’s Building. Of the 72 students who graduated within the department, 35 attended the department ceremony along with eight sociology faculty members. Two students received summa cum laude honors, 10 received magna cum laude honors and eight received cum laude honors. Emmeline Ezquivel was recognized as Top Sociology Honor Student of the Year, and Deja Kassof was recognized as the Hood Nominee for Sociology and for Highest Grade Point Average. Zenab Elbakri was the student speaker. The student cultural performer was Seutatia Neru, who performed Siva Taualuga, one of Samoa's most treasured art forms to celebrate a completion of an important task.

Family members, partners, community members and other students’ guests were also recognized at the ceremony. Upon receiving their certificates, graduating students were each given the opportunity to thank and acknowledge whomever supported them during their journey as students at SF State. The ceremony closed by honoring two outstanding professors who have shaped the lives of thousands of sociology students in their 27-year career at SF State: Professors Clay Dumont and Luiz Barbosa, both of whom are retiring this year.

School of Social Work

School of Social Work recognition ceremony 2018

The School of Social Work hosted its 50th recognition ceremony on May 25 at San Francisco State's Student Annex. Judge Daniel Flores, Superior Court, SF City and County delivered an inspiring address calling all to action through resistance of the social injustices and talked about our work as social workers in judicial systems to work toward equity and equality. Two student keynote speakers delivered wonderful speeches: Leslie Santiago was the MSW keynote, while Danny Vang was the BASW keynote. At the ceremony, many of the students were recognized for their achievements and contributions above and beyond their role as students. Members of Social Work Advocates for Visions of Empowerment (undergraduate social work club) and Master’s of Social Work Council (graduate social work student club) were honored.